Late night TV host Jimmel Kimmel admitted that his viewership used to be fairly evenly distributed politically, but there’s been a steep decline among conservatives since he started using his monologues to promote gun control and Obamacare and attack President Trump. When asked by CBS interviewer Tracy Smith if he doesn’t mind that Republicans stopped watching his show, Kimmel replied:
“I don't say I don't mind. I want everyone with a television to watch the show, but if they're so turned off by my opinion on health care and gun violence, then I probably wouldn't want to have a conversation with them anyway.”
Smith asked, “Good riddance?” and Kimmel replied, “Well, not good riddance, but riddance.”
So if you’re keeping score, in the past week, Jimmy Kimmel, Eminem and Seth Meyers have all come right out and said that they don’t want you as a fan if you support Trump. Of course, Stephen Colbert has long made it obvious that he has no interest in appealing to anyone to the right of Elizabeth Warren. Judging from the steep downward trend in late night viewership, I’d say these shows are succeeding in their Spinal Tap-like quest for “more selective” audiences.
At least Jimmy Fallon recently admitted that he doesn’t like being pressured to do anti-Trump material because he just doesn’t care about politics, he’s more interested in pop culture. He should follow his instincts. There are tens of millions of Americans who are fed up with having everything they believe insulted every time they try to watch a TV show or a football game or listen to music. If Fallon resists the pressure to do tiresome, divisive political material, I have a feeling it will reap dividends very soon.
In the meantime, if you’re looking for a really entertaining talk show with great musical guests and a conservative outlook, but that doesn’t launch nasty, unfair attacks on anyone and welcomes viewers of all viewpoints, there’s a new show on the weekends on TBN called “Huckabee.” Check it out, I’ve heard it’s pretty good.